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Acquired: Big Box Of Hawkman
As the title suggests, major gains were made were made this week in my Hawkman collection. Since I am not going to be heading up to Charlotte for HeroesCon this year, I instead decided to take some of the money I would have spent there and treated myself to a big online order instead. Ironically enough, the box arrived on Tuesday -- my birthday! Combined with my nex HDTV and baby son, it's been a pretty rocking couple of weeks! So what all was in the box? Let's take a look... Showcase #102-103 -- I found #101 almost at random at a small show last year, and really dug it, so these two were top of my list. The first Rann-Thanagar War is now in my collection! Shadow War of Hawkman #1-4 -- If only so Frank can stop giving me grief about it, and I can stop being tempted by it at Crazy Ed's booth at Cons. Really looking forward to this one as well as... Hawkman v.2:no.2-9, 11-14, 16-17 -- ... since they follow up on it. Between the finds in discount bins over the past year and this batch, I have the complete run of the Shadow War-tinged volume, of which I have read exactly -zero- issues. Hawkman v.3:no.0, 2-33, Annual 1-2 -- Similarly, I now have the entire run of the third volume, of which I have read two issues (and one of those was about 15 years ago at this point). This series has taken on a "If I knew then what I knew now" status for me over the last few years, but at least now I can enjoy it at my leisure. Hawkman v.4:no.2-3 -- Completing the first story arc from the latest volume, I got tired of trying to find the collected edition and started buying singles when I saw them cheap. Johns, Robinson, and Morales are in top form herein. 57 issues in total -- one big box of Hawk-goodness which is going to take me a good long while to read through! And while this has made a huge dent in the collection, I'm still not done! For one thing, I need to finish Volume 4 -- most of which can be done through collected editions but there are still 8 uncollected issues I will need to find. Then of course, there is Hawkworld, of which I have exactly one issue. Rounding out the list are the Hawks backup appearances (what DC would call a "co-feature" nowadays) in the pages of Detective Comics and World's Finest, plus a few issues of Guy Gardner: Warrior and Justice League America to complete a crossover with Volume 3. But that's another matter -- I've got enough Hawkman here to keep me occupied for months if not years, the speed I read. So here's to uncovering more and more of the history of the Winged Wonder.
I have some of those but I am still jealous. :)
So what you're saying is I'm now meant to shift my grief over "Shadow War" to the mostly excellent and actually comparatively superior "Hawkworld" series. Done and done!
Not done: my synopsis of the Zatanna issue of the Isabella Hawk-run for the Detroit blog. D'oh!
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